Sunday 8:15 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
Sunday 10:45 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
Christian formation classes for children, youth and adults meet most Sundays from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.
A nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger from 8 AM – 12 PM.
422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Parking is available in lots on Brenau Avenue or along the street. Please enter through the main entrance located on Boulevard or through the St. Francis garden doors off the parking lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard.
Founded in 1828, Grace Church looks forward to celebrating our Bicenntenial very soon! Over the past several years we have listened, gathered, surveyed, focused, and discerned – asking how the Holy Spirit might be inviting us to grow in our next 200 years. Keeping all of our hopes and dreams in heart and mind, we have embarked upon a Bicentennial Capital Campaign for A Future of Grace.
We take our part in the mission of the Church: ‘To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ,” (BCP, 855). To share in God’s mission, we have discerned three key areas of shared ministry in our community: Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging. These three focus points ground our entire life as a spiritual community and weave together every aspect of the development side of our campaign.
The Bicentennial Campaign is about BELONGING. It’s about what it looks like to belong within the Grace community – as families, adults, children, youth – through all of our worship, programs, and services. It’s also about the physical presence of Grace as a space that belongs to our community as a whole. How can we create and maintain space that exists for and with our neighbors in Gainesville? How can we be a blessing to our own members and to our wider community? How can we make belonging, as a member of the Body of Christ, both tangible and attractive? Individual and communal?
Work began in July to improve the island in the parking lot near our preschool and parish hall.
The plan is based on a short term concept presented in 2016 as part of a multi-phase overall landscape design.
The bald cypress trees, whose knees were coming up in the island and parking lot, and the existing concrete curb will be removed. New stone curbing with either a river rock, or paver gutter, and additional bio-swales, allowing for better drainage from the parking lot to the storm drain, will be added. The island will then be planted with water tolerant drought resistant plantings.
The funding for this particular aspect of the campaign came from 2019 endowment funds available for capital improvements. The parish will remember that the endowment process was clarified and enhanced in 2018 to coordinate between outreach/community ministries and building enhancements.
In addition to our project remodeling the center island, the City of Gainesville has begun an unrelated storm water upgrade project along Boulevard which includes new storm water inlets along the street. A portion of the work is happening in our parking lot where our existing storm water system will tie into the new line being installed by the city.
On Sunday, July 14, Grace Episcopal Church ceremonially broke ground on a new Sanctuary Plaza at the corner of Washington Street and Boulevard. The goal of the project is to enhance the primary entrances to the church sanctuary and to offer a welcoming spot for the community to linger, rest, and converse in the corridor between Brenau University and the Downtown Square. The Plaza development is possible due to a generous gift by Bob and Linda Fowler and their family, stalwart parishioners at Grace whose vision continues to inspire the entire community to imagine how Grace Church can be a faithful presence in the wider area.
The design for the Sanctuary Plaza results in a new open space for the church and the community. With the removal of a large raised planting bed, enhanced pedestrian circulation and a place for respite is created. Close coordination with the city of Gainesville allows the church to improve the public right of way, with decorative brick paving extending from the church property to the curb. Curvilinear concrete seating walls separate paved areas from a new planting bed, filled with mostly native plant species. A swale within the planting bed handles surface runoff with the strategic placement of rock as check dams.
The project is designed by WLA Studio with staff including Dale Jaeger, Project Manager and Principal Landscape Architect and Cameron Yates, Landscape Architect. The Campus Vision and Development Committee, led by Mary Lynn Coyle and Doug McDuff, provided guidance to the design team throughout the process.
Rusty Ligon, director of Gainesville’s Community and Economic Development Department, states “The City is excited about Grace Episcopal Church’s plans for their new Sanctuary Plaza project. We believe this project will not only enhance the aesthetics of the church property but will also provide an inviting public space to the many people who visit the Brenau area every day.”
The Sanctuary Plaza is the first of several projects planned as Grace Church looks toward celebrating its Bicentennial in 2028. Recognizing both its history and current community ministry, Grace Episcopal Church continues to explore how it can share in the ongoing work of Gainesville-Hall County’s Vision 2030 campaign.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.